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Athletes of the Week

Junior jumper Rosalind Goodwin swept the long jump and triplejump events for the second straight week with season-best marks atthe Ohio State Invitational. Goodwin leapt 12.87 meters to win thetriple jump and provisionally qualify for the 2004 NCAA IndoorTrack and Field Championships in the event. She also posted a6.12-meter winning measure in the long jump. Goodwin is the ownerof the top two marks in the Big Ten in both the long jump andtriple jump events. Jessica Davenport, a freshman center fromColumbus, Ohio, scored double digits in both games last week vs.Michigan and Indiana, which were her fourth and fifth consecutivegame with double-digit scoring and her 12th game overall as aBuckeye. She also blocked one shot vs. Michigan and five shots vs.Indiana. Her five rejections vs. the Hoosiers tied her career-highand tied the Value City Arena record for an OSU player – a numbershe tied earlier this season vs. Michigan State Jan. 15. AgainstIndiana, Davenport was 10-for-16 from the free throw line – bothcareer highs and Value City Arena records for an Ohio State player- and scored 18 points.

Athletics Good Stuff

The women’s basketball team (12-7; 4-4 Big Ten) beat Michiganin Ann Arbor, 51-49, and earned a 71-65 victory at home vs. Indianalast week. In Ann Arbor, junior Caity Matter (Bluffton,Ohio/Bluffton) recorded her first-career double-double with 15points and a personal-best 10 rebounds against the Wolverines.Freshman Jessica Davenport (Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Independence)added 11 points (5-of-6) and eight boards and senior LaToya Turner(Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) scored 10 points and blocked fourshots. Against Indiana, Turner scored 19 points and pulled downnine rebounds while Davenport added 18 points and tied acareer-high five blocks. Matter and sophomore Kim Wilburn(Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) added 12 and 10 points,respectively. The track and field squads dominated the field in theOhio State Invitational Saturday as OSU claimed 20 first-placefinishes. Several Buckeyes scored multiple top marks in theirevents as senior thrower Dan Taylor won his seventh and eightevents this season, sweeping the shot put and weight throwcompetitions with NCAA championships qualifying marks. Juniorjumper Rosalind Goodwin set personal-bests in winning both thetriple and long jump events as she provisionally qualified in thelong jump with a leap of 20-1. Fellow junior Keturah Loftoncombined with sophomore Amarachi Ukabam to pace the women’s end ofthe throws as they completed the sweep of the weight and shot put,respectively, with qualifying marks as well. Finally, freshmanJenna Harris continued to dominate the sprint events as she wonboth the 60-meter dash and 200 meters for the third straight week.The wrestling team (6-6, 2-1 Big Ten) evened its overall recordwith its first win in five dual meetings as the Buckeyes claimed a22-18 win at No. 19 Purdue Friday evening. Ohio State was led byfreshman J.D. Bergman, who registered his eighth fall of the seasonin the match-opener at 197 pounds. No. 2-ranked Tommy Rowlandsfollowed with a decision to give the Buckeyes an early 9-0advantage, which they did not relinquish. Senior John Clark andJeff Ratliff helped Ohio State solidify the win with a majordecision and a decision to close the match. No. 12 men’s volleyballdefeated D’Youville 3-0 and lost at No. 14 Lewis, 3-2 last week.Scott Spurlock tied an OSU match record with 13 assist blocks inthe Lewis match. Also in that match Mark Greaves set career-highsof 15 digs and 10 assist blocks. The Buckeyes will play atIndiana-Purdue Friday and then host Clarke Saturday and MercyhurstTuesday. Home matches begin a 7 p.m. and admission is free. The No.13/14 men’s hockey team completed the season sweep of Bowling Greenwith a 4-3 win on the road Saturday. Senior forward Dave Steckelearned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors for his three-pointperformance vs. the Falcons. The Buckeyes return to action thisweekend with a two-game series at Ferris State. The Buckeyes andBulldogs will face off at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m.Saturday at Ewigleben Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The synchronizedswimming team will play host to the OSU College Association Meet at1:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held in the varsity pool atthe Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, located in Larkins Hall. Routineevents will include solo, duet, trio and team. Teams participatingin the competition include Alabama-Birmingham, Illinois, Iowa,Nebraska, Ohio, Ohio State and William & Mary. The men’slacrosse team earned a number of preseason honors. The squad wasranked 17th in the Face-Off Yearbook’s Division I Preseason CoachesPoll and held down the 20th spot in the Lacrosse Magazine 2004Preseason College Rankings. In addition, senior defenseman GregBice was named to Face-Off Yearbook’s Division I PreseasonAll-America second team, while senior goalie Tony Russo earnedhonorable mention preseason All-America accolades. The team opensit season at home against Penn State at 1 p.m. Feb. 21. The rifleteam took ninth place in the Roger Withrow Invitational at MurrayState last weekend. Top aggregate shooter for OSU was Linnea Nygrenwith a 1,501 (371 air rifle and 1,130 smallbore rifle). BuckeyeAndrew Wesel ranked second for OSU with a 1,498 aggregate (378 airrifle and 1,120 smallbore rifle). All three scores for Wesel wereseason highs. OSU will host Xavier Saturday in Converse Hall. TheNo. 1 men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 3 Illinois, 220.20-219.00,Jan. 31 in a co-ed meet at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won four ofsix events- floor (37.35), rings (36.90), parallel bars (36.200)and high bar (36.9500), while recording a team season high score.Five Buckeyes posted career highs-Ronald Ferris (So., Austintown,Ohio), pommel horse (9.5) and high bar (9.45). Jamey Houle (Sr.,Enfield, Conn.), floor (9.250) and pommel horse (9.3). KristopherKline (Fr., Westerville, Ohio), floor (9.0). Randy Monahan(Elizabethtown, Pa.), floor (9.750) and rings (9.70). Cody Trobaugh(Jr., Dallas Texas), parallel bars (9.250). Monahan captured theall-around title with a score of 55.350. Houle placed second,scoring a 52.550. Monahan garnered his third consecutive NCAA Men’sGymnastics Player of the Week honor from the publication InsideGymnastics Jan. 28 for his performance against Illinois-Chicago.Monahan was named Co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the week ofFeb. 1. This is Monahan’s third conference honor of the season. Themen’s golf team concluded play at the 2004 Gator Invitational thispast Sunday with a 13th place finish to open the spring portion ofthe 2003-04 season. The two-day event, was held at the par 70,6,701-yard University Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla. Zach Doran(Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Columbus Academy) paced the Buckeyes as he fireda final-round score of 72 and tied for 15th. Doran finished thetournament with a three-round total of 217, which marked his secondlowest three-round total of the 2003-04 season. The annual baseballDiamond Club Meet the Team luncheon will be held at 10:45 a.m.Saturday at the Holiday Inn on the Lane (328 W. Lane Ave.).Registration will be from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., brunch will be servedat 10:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:15 a.m. Head CoachBob Todd will discuss this year’s campaign and introduce the 2004Baseball Buckeyes. Cost for the event is $16 per person and dressis casual. Parking is available in the Holiday Inn parking garage,but will be limited in the St. John Arena lots since there is amen’s basketball game at noon against Michigan State. The programshould end in time for attendees to make it to the game in time fortipoff at 12:10 p.m. The women’s swimming and diving team earnedits second Big Ten win of the season Jan. 30, coming back from a28-point deficit for the win against Michigan State, 152-147. TheBuckeyes also lost to No. 20 Notre Dame, 194-105, in thedouble-dual meet in East Lansing, Mich. Stephanie Raezer (Sr.,Newark, Del./Glasgow) won the 1,000-yard freestyle and GulsahGunenc (Fr., Edirne, Turkey/Edirne Anatolian) won the 100-yardbutterfly with a season-best time. The Buckeyes earned first-placefinishes over the Spartans in 9 of 14 events and had a 1-2-3 finishin the 200-yard individual medley, securing their first-placefinish over Michigan State. Ohio State is 9-4 (2-3 Big Ten) on theyear as it concludes the dual-meet season against Tennessee Sundayat 11 a.m. at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. In the women’s tennisteam’s loss at Notre Dame Saturday, freshman Kristin Messmer(Lutherville, Md./ McDonogh) picked up her second win of the springand team-leading tenth overall by downing Kristina Stastny 6-4,3-6, 1-0 (7) and junior Emily DeCamilla (Sacramento, Calif./Maryland) swept Sarah Jane Connelly, 6-4, 6-1. The Buckeyes returnhome to take on Penn State at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Jesse OwensWest Recreation Center. The women’s golf team will kick off thespring season at the 2004 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb.9-11 in Palos Verdes, Calif. The women’s ice hockey team suffered a2-1 road loss to non-conference opponent No. 7 Mercyhurst Saturdayin Erie, Pa. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 12-8-2 overallthis season. The Buckeyes were outshot 36-21 by the Lakers, endinga seven-game stretch where Ohio State outshot its opponents inevery game. Senior captain Erin O’Grady scored the Buckeye’s lonegoal. The goal marked her seventh this season and her 25th careergoal. Ohio State continues its road stretch as it travels to faceMinnesota-Duluth at 8:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Duluth, Minn. Theseries marks the 23rd and 24th meetings between the Buckeyes andthe Bulldogs. UMD leads the series 19-1-2 overall. The men’sbasketball team downed No. 21 Purdue 65-59 in West Lafayette, Ind.,last Saturday. Junior Tony Stockman’s 17 points led the Buckeyesand his assist to sophomore Terence Dials in the closing minutesled to a dunk and a foul putting Ohio State up for good in the win.Dials finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. The Buckeyes arehome for two games this week against Northwestern (8 p.m.,Wednesday/ESPN Plus/WBNS 10 TV) and Michigan State (noon,Saturday/ESPN). Following the Michigan State game, the Buckeyeswill be away from Value City Arena for four of five games. The No.15 men’s tennis team fell, 5-2, to No. 21 Georgia Sunday at theLindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts in Athens, Ga. The Buckeyes are now4-1 this season. Next up, Ohio State plays host to No. 24 ClemsonSaturday, Feb. 7 at Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus,Ohio. Match time is set for 5 p.m. The No. 28 ranked women’sgymnastics team (5-2, 0-1 Big Ten) defeated Illinois State but fellto No. 21 Illinois, Jan. 31, in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyestallied 194.550 points to edge the Redbirds, who scored 190.175.Illinois tallied 194.850 points to claim the meet. The Buckeyeswere led by Elizabeth Meaney (Jr., Ashtabula Ohio), who won theall-around competition with a score of 39.450, and the floorexercise competition, with a career-high score of 9.950. SeniorTiffanie Janke (Schaumberg, Ill.) also posted a strong evening byclaiming victories in the vault competition, with a score of 9.850,and the balance beam competition, with a career-high tying 9.950.Senior Jenni Lymanstall (Defiance, Ohio) posted a career-high 9.875on the floor exercise to claim third place in the competition.Sophomore Kaylin Schlecht (Marion, Ohio) also set a career-highscore in the floor exercise competition, posting a 9.850 to placefifth. The No. 2 fencing team competed at the Notre Dame Duals Jan.31 through Feb. 1 at the Joyce Center Field House in South Bend,Ind. The men’s squad improved to 23-2 overall as they suffered a15-12 loss to No. 1 Notre Dame. On the women’s side, the team went7-2 in dual match competition as they fell to No. 1-ranked NotreDame and No. 5 Northwestern. The lady Buckeyes extend their seasonrecord to 22-2. The Notre Dame Duals marked the last dual meetcompetition of the season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will not seeaction until the Midwest Conference Championship March 6-7 in SouthBend.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 4-Sunday, Feb. 8

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Men’s Basketball vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Value City Arena

Thursday, Feb. 5
Women’s Basketball at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Friday, Feb. 6
Men’s Swimming vs. Penn State, 5 p.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center

Men’s Volleyball at Indiana-Purdue, 7 p.m.
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Wrestling vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota-Duluth, 8:05 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Men’s Hockey at Ferris State, 7:35 p.m.
Big Rapids, Mich.

Men’s Gymnastics at Winter Cup Challenge
Las Vegas, Nev.

Track at Indiana Invitational
Bloomington, In.

Saturday, Feb. 7
Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan State, noon
Value City Arena

Men’s Tennis vs. Clemson, 5 p.m.
Jesse Owens West Recreation Center

Men’s Volleyball vs. Clarke, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Women’s Ice Hockey at Minnesota-Duluth, 8:05 p.m.
Duluth, Minn.

Men’s Hockey at Ferris State, 7:05 p.m.
Big Rapids, Mich.

Track at Indiana Invitational
Bloomington, Ind.

Synchronized Swimming OSU College Association Meet
Peppe Aquatic Center

Rifle vs. Xavier
Hugh Wylie Rifle Range

Men’s Gymnastics at Winter Cup Challenge
Las Vegas, Nev.

Sunday, Feb. 8
Women’s Swimming vs. Tennessee, 11 a.m.
Mike Peppe Aquatic Center

Women’s Gymnastics at All-Ohio Championships, 2 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Purdue, 2 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Wrestling vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena